ARC Review: Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle

27015400Title: Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue, #3)

Author: Katie Ruggle

Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca

Expected Release Date: August 2, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Format: eBook, Paperback

Page Count: 448

Rating: 2.75 Stars



In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…

George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He’s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There’s just one problem—Ellie’s everything George isn’t. She’s a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.

Ellie’s determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey…


♦ Personal Thought ♦

Gone Too Deep had us up and close with George Holloway, a loner and survival expert of Simpson’s Search and Rescue team. The story followed a new lead to the mystery of headless man (which was introduced in Hold Your Breath). Ellie Price came to Simpson to look for his father, Baxter who might know something about the murder. As Baxter already escaped to a secluded cabin on the mountain, Ellie asked George to guide her there – not realizing other menacing force followed their every moves.

Just as the previous books, the story was also told in alternate POV among the MCs and the villains. Even so, it felt like only scratching the surface and not really delved into much of their background story.

As continuation to the series I enjoyed the stories enough, especially at first when Ellie met Lou and Callum – MC fromHold Your Breath. But Ellie herself was not an impressive character, I thought her as meek and a bit of a pushover. It didn’t help that her friend shaping as insensitive and pushy at first (with the arranged date and all). Granted, as the story went Ellie proved herself to be no whiny missy (even her friend, Chelsea, turned to be understanding); but that’s about it.

George was also rather a let down in how easily he “allowed” trouble to stumble upon them. I said “allowed” because he was considered a true expert on wilderness survival throughout the series yet seemed careless enough in his own book. I guess I had too high an expectation for George. But he made up for it on his gruffness and single minded focus on going after what he wanted.

On the suspense front, it was more bark than bite. The villains of the hour seemed content to gloat to himself, but when it came time to strike – which was actually not bad ones – never finish the evil deed because of mishap. I sounded like I root for the evil side here, NO. But with all the seemingly plotting with malicious intend, the delivery was disappointingly mediocre. The same went for gray character turned victim here – why the MC didn’t pick up on the fishy vibes and speak up soon was beyond me.

The shocker came in the closing chapter. I had a hunch while reading this (which hadn’t raised head during the first two books) and dreaded over it; but when it came …I wish it wasn’t so. This could put a different spin on the next installment In Safe Hands which would be released on early October and could probably the finale of the series. I’m surely looking forward to read it.

Advanced copy of this book is provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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